Timothy Basil Ering is the illustrator of the Newbery Medal winner The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo as well as Finn Throws a Fit! by David Elliott and Snook Alone by Marilyn Nelson. He is also the acclaimed author-illustrator of The Story of Frog Belly Rat Bone, Necks Out for Adventure!, and The Almost Fearless Hamilton Squidlegger. Timothy Basil Ering lives in Kingston, Massachusetts.
Layered with energetic paint strokes, delicate ink drawings, and
warm touches of charcoal and graphite, the compositions are full of
high drama, nuanced emotion, and humor. Exuding a zest for living
and loving, this nautical narrative is an ode to joy.
--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
Ering has created an endearing picture book sure to enthrall
young readers. Scratchy acrylic paint combines with ink, charcoal,
and graphite to form atmospheric scenes--notably the roiling sea
and ghostly fog--that capture the story's drama and warmth.
Youngsters will be smitten with Ering's diminutive hero and cheer
him on to the final page.
--Booklist (starred review)
Bold strokes and swaths of bright color telegraph cheer, and
Alfred is an intrepid fellow, full of joy and curiosity. The violin
is a lovely sidekick--no practicing, no lessons, just generously
shared music--and the stream of happy coincidences makes this a
Ering's gorgeous paintings highlight the magic contained in an
instrument beautifully played and the wonder of a safe return home.
A book full of emotion that addresses the needs of all human
hearts. A first purchase.
--School Library Journal (starred review)
The illustrations are very dramatic; one foggy page is
completely devoid of all but clouds. This is a long picture book,
but overall a nice addition to a picture book collection.
--School Library Connection
Ering's illustrations are painterly and the story is told in
sweeping brushstrokes that convey the essence of music.